BLT Mac and Cheese

I’ve got a kid-friendly, fun to eat, mac and cheese recipe for you today. BLT Mac and Cheese sneaks veggies into a family favorite, in a way no one can resist.

BLT Mac and Cheese for Back to School! #macandcheese #kitchenconvo #backtoschool

I’m in shock….

My kids are heading back to school in 10 days! Where did the summer go?

In the hustle and bustle of buying school supplies, having their feet measured for new shoes, and trying to squeeze in one or two last pool days, I’ve been coming up with fun things to serve my babies once they are back to the daily grind.

Simple BLT Mac and Cheese for Back to School! #macandcheese #kitchenconvo #backtoschool

Just like magic, the moment they start back to school they stop craving grilled chicken and corn on the cobb, and start craving comforting dishes like beef stew and homemade mac and cheese.

I’ve got a kid-friendly, fun-to-eat, mac and cheese recipe for you today. BLT Mac and Cheese sneaks veggies into a family favorite in a way no one can resist.

I like to serve their favorites in fun and interesting ways, just to keep things fresh.

Easy BLT Mac and Cheese for Back to School! #macandcheese #kitchenconvo #backtoschool

Today’s mac and cheese recipe is a simple twist on a great classic that allows you to serve it hot and cold.

Have you ever tried cold mac and cheese? (Or room temperature?) We love it. And this BLT Mac and Cheese recipe is fabulous hot, cold or anywhere in between.

I’ll make it for dinner, then send the leftovers with the kids in their lunch boxes for a unique meal that incorporates veggies.

How to Make BLT Mac and Cheese for Back to School! #macandcheese #kitchenconvo #backtoschool

The mac and cheese begins with a rich, creamy cheese sauce. I start by making a roux with one
Land O Lakes® Butter Half Stick. (These convenient little butter sticks keep me from having butter nubs fall out of my fridge every time I open the door.)

Making BLT Mac and Cheese for Back to School! #macandcheese #kitchenconvo #backtoschool

Once the roux is gold and smells like brown butter, I add milk, cream cheese, and shredded cheese. I like to use half cheddar and half pepper jack cheese to add a little kick. But you can use any kind of shredded cheese you like.

Whisk the cheese sauce until smooth, and pour in cooked macaroni noodles.

How To: BLT Mac and Cheese for Back to School! #macandcheese #kitchenconvo #backtoschool

Now comes the BLT part… Spoon the mac and cheese onto butter lettuce leaves, and top with diced tomato and crumbled bacon.

This BLT Mac and Cheese Recipe is kind of like a lettuce wrap. Just fold it over, pick it up, and enjoy. No silverware needed.

Lunch Box Favorite: BLT Mac and Cheese for Back to School! #macandcheese #kitchenconvo #backtoschool

The kids love that!

Plus, I love that they want to eat it again the next day in their lunch boxes. This is a win-win.

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

BLT Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 Half Stick (1/4 cup) Land O Lakes® Salted Butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 pound shredded cheddar cheese (or half cheddar and half pepper jack)
  • 12 ounces cooked crumbled bacon
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook the macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Using the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour and cook the roux (butter-flour mixture) for 1-2 minutes. Then whisk in the milk and add the cream cheese. Bring the mixture to a simmer and whisk until thick and smooth.
  3. Add the shredded cheese and whisk until smooth. Then add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce. Stir to coat, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To serve: Break lettuce leaves off the head. Spoon the mac and cheese onto individual lettuce leaves and sprinkle with crumbled bacon and diced tomato. Pick up with your hands (like a lettuce wrap) and enjoy!

Disclosure: A Spicy Perspective has partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Butter for the Kitchen Conversations blogger program. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes.

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17 Responses to “BLT Mac and Cheese”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — August 11, 2014 @ 4:50 am

    The only thing that is better than a good ol’ BLT…is a big bowl ‘o Mac and cheese. Basically, this is the ultimate comfort food and it needs to get in my belly NOW! Pinned!

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    Tieghan — August 11, 2014 @ 6:34 am

    We both of BLT’s on the brain today. Loving this mac and cheese twist! :)

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    Heather Christo — August 11, 2014 @ 7:09 am

    I love sneaky veggie dishes! this would be a real hit with my kids!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — August 11, 2014 @ 7:09 am

    I can’t believe that school is already starting again! This looks like a perfect weeknight dinner though. Mac and cheese FTW!

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    Maria — August 11, 2014 @ 7:19 am

    Fun mac and cheese recipe!

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    TidyMom — August 11, 2014 @ 7:56 am

    didn’t school just get out? where does the time go?

    love this recipe!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 11, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    Simply, brilliant!! Love this back to school dish!

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    Marla Meridith — August 11, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    This is such a fun idea Sommer ~ never thought of pasta in lettuce cups!

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    Beth @ bethcakes — August 11, 2014 @ 9:54 am

    This is such a fun version of mac and cheese! I would totally pack this for lunch and bring it to work with me. :)

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    Kiley- Rooks to Cooks — August 11, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

    Yum! What an easy way to make mac and cheese so that you don’t have to rely on the boxed version and the questionable cheese pouches! And finding a way to get veggies in there is a definite bonus.

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    Gaby — August 12, 2014 @ 10:56 am

    I could devour a few of these right now!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — August 12, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    What a creative idea for a recipe!

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    Meredith — August 12, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

    What a fun take on classic mac and cheese!

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    Russell from Chasing Delicious — August 12, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

    Stop trying to make my mac and cheese healthy! Just kidding. I love this!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — August 13, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    I am NOT ready for summer to be over!! But this mac & cheese looks awesome. So fun how you served it in lettuce wraps, my kids will love it!

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    Amy — August 15, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

    I like that you chose to use macaroni and cheese, great flavor combinations!

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